The Romanée-Conti Grand Cru, exclusively managed by the Société Civile du Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, regularly comes to the top of its class with many sensational years. Its rarity, about 6,000 bottles per year produced on 1.8 hectares at Vosne-Romanée, increases its price.
The early 2000s decade saw a craze for the exceptional 1985 vintage, which coincidentally was also the year of acceptance of biological methods on the domaine. It is now entering its obsolescence phase.
1990 has the same exceptional appreciation as 1985, and 1988 and 1989 are just shy below. Around 2010 it was observed that 1988 had a slower aging and the prices of the three vintages became equivalent. Do not wait now for drink.
The dominant vintage for the Romanée-Conti Grand Cru at auction is currently 1988. Christie's sold a case with twelve bottles for £ 198K including premium on September 21, 2017 over a lower estimate of £ 130K and another one for £ 264K including premium on March 15, 2018 over a lower estimate of £ 150K.
A similar lot from the same vintage is estimated £ 160K for sale by Bonhams in London on April 5, lot 259.
1999 which can already be used and 2005 still too young are perfect vintages, valued respectively around € 22,000 and 25,000 per bottle for the retail trade in France. Other recent years are excellent. The prices currently recorded at auction for the 1988, 1989 and 1990 vintages will be highly exceeded by their successors in a few years.